In the Swiss Alps, there is a little mountain day camp for rookie climbers.
Many businesses take their employees for an outing there.
What they’ll do is start out early in the morning and climb halfway up the mountain to this ‘halfway house’.Then around noon they take off their gear, and go in for a warm meal. The trip sponsors say that every time, without exception, when lunch is over and time to strap their gear back on, they lose half the people. Half are content sit by the fire and enjoy themselves.
Then around four o’clock they hear a bell indicating that their friends have reached the summit. They hurry over and look out the window and see their friends summiting the mountain! The halfway hosts say the party atmosphere turns instantly into a funeral atmosphere. The people who stayed behind then realize they have missed out on the experience of a lifetime. They now wish they could be celebrating on mountaintop too, but it’s too late.
This is a picture of how our lives can be at times. Many times we find it easier just to settle. Why bother continuing to hold hope that you will possess your mountain, let alone hope that you will ever climb it?
Why not just be a quitter? Why not go back to the valley where life is easier?.
It’s hard work to be a mountain climber!. Much easier to wimp out!.
THERE ARE TWO TIMES WHEN YOU’LL BE MOST VULNERABLE TO QUITTING:
THE FIRST WHEN YOU HAVE SUFFERED A GREAT FAILURE.
THE SECOND, BELIEVE IT OR NOT, WHEN YOU HAVE HAD A GREAT SUCCESS.
The first one isn’t a surprise. The second isn’t either, if you think about it; because after you succeed,
you can soon become complacent. We rest on our laurels, we aren’t hungry for success anymore, we lose our edge.